The First Child of God by Joe La Bianca
Who committed the greatest sin? I’ll give you a clue. It was the first child of God. Who was the first child of God? The answer is given in Luke 3:38: “. . . the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.” So Adam was the first earthly child of God, who also committed the greatest sin ever. I know that Eve sinned first, but Adam was the official representative of his posterity, not Eve. So in this regard, Adam’s sin was the greatest, for we all died in him.
The fact that the one who was responsible for the greatest sin was also a child of God speaks to God’s love and mercy. What a gracious God to call the one who ruined the world “His son” in the book of Luke. What love for God to cover the sin of Adam after his fall. If God can forgive and accept Adam, he can do it for everyone.
People today disbelieve in Adam, they say he never existed. They rely on other beliefs to say this, beliefs that are no more scientific than any other faith. Evolution is a faith, with no scientific proof. In fact, observable evidence confirms intelligent design. That’s fine if you want to say Adam was a fairytale, but then you must not accept all the good things that come from Adam, like the mercy and love of God. You must change God into your own idea, a subjective god that is your own invention. But God cannot be invented. That would make Him an idol.
Adam’s sin was the greatest for a few reasons. Firstly, Adam sinned from the position of sinless perfection. He had no inward temptation to sin, like all of us do. Adam’s nature was not a fallen nature yet. This put Adam in a great position to not sin. God would never place anyone in a “no-win” situation.
The smallness of the command also makes it the greatest sin. God didn’t ask Adam to do anything too hard. All Adam had to contend with was one little prohibition among a whole, beautiful world of allowances. This makes Adam’s choice very evil indeed.
Why did God give humans the power of choice which would make possible the fall of man? Why would God do it this way? Without choice we are not people. Imagine if you took the power of choice from your child. You would lose that child. It would be a little robot walking around the house. If you wanted a hug, you’d have to press the “hug” button. So you would be the one deciding about the hug, not your child: no love, no joy, and no possibility of fellowship. In order to have real people, God put the power of real choice inside people.
Another reason why Adam’s sin was the greatest is because of its consequences. Adam’s sin allowed sin and death to come into the world. Adam was the head of all of us, not Eve. So Eve’s sin did not allow the evil into the generations to come. True that Eve became the first sinner, but Adam was the head of the race and made all of us into sinners.
At the very beginning God promised the Savior. The prophecy is called THE PROTOEVANGELIUM OR “FIRST GOSPEL”. This primeval message was cryptic to be sure. It wasn’t the mystery reveal as by Paul. But we can see from this side of the letters of Paul just what this saying means.
Genesis 3:15 (King James Version) “15And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
Oh happy words! Oh loving God, to make free will people and then to atone for their bad choices. The Devil hates Jesus, but Jesus also hates the Devil, and Jesus is greater. The Devil hurt Jesus at the cross, indeed killed Him, but Jesus crushed Satan’s head by paying for all our sins on the cross and rising from the dead. Will you believe this so that you can be saved? If you can’t now, just ask Jesus for help and He will help. Pray, “I believe Lord, please help my unbelief.”
The greatest sin was atoned for at the cross. Adam messed up the entire world, and he was forgiven. Why not have all your lesser sins forgiven too, by simple faith in the Crusher of the head of sin, the Lord Jesus Christ!!